Gunpowder Plot

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The History Press, 2011 M11 8 - 192 pages
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Every child has heard of Guy Fawkes and will most lilkely have watched a 'guy' being burnt on a bonfire and fireworks lighting up the night sky on Bonfire Night. This book answers the questions of history that lie behind the celebrations of 5 November. Who was Guy Fawkes and how did he come to be below the chamber of the House of Lords in the first hour of 5 November 1605. What desperation drove those involved to plan a horrific massacre of the Protestant royal family and government? Alan Hayne's probing analysis offers the clearest, most balanced view yet of often conflicting evidence, as he disentangles the threads of disharmony, intrigue, betrayal, terror and retribution. In this new, updated edition he gathers together startling evidence to uncover the depth and extent of the plot, and how close the plotters came to de-stabilising the government in one of the most notorious terrorist plots of British history. This enthralling book will grip the general reader, while the scope of its detailed research will require historians of the period to consider again the commanding importance of the plot throughout the seventeenth century.
 

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Yet another book on the Gunpowder Plot. Of the three I’ve read so far, this is the most straightforward; a direct account of the plot without going too far into the background or results. The account ... Read full review

Contents

The Politics of Salvation
Plotters in Exile
The Failed Plots
The Gentlemen of the Sword
The Hand of Providence
Spies and Soundings
Treasons Discovery
After Midnight
The Second Wave
Sharp Additions
The Plot the Playwright and the Poets
The Gunpowder Commemorative Painting
The Swords of the Gentlemen
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography

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About the author (2011)

Alan Haynes is a prolific writer on Elizabethan and seventeenth-century history. A member of the Royal Historical Society, his other books include Walsingham, The Elizabethan Secret Services, and Sex in Elizabethan England.

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